Part of my life as a NZDF Air Force Base Photographer was to photograph some of the sports events that took place at Woodbourne and around the other Air Force Bases and Army Camps around New Zealand. Sporting events are a rather large part of the Defence Force way of life. Sports can often represent challenges that we will face throughout our lives and help us to get to know ourselves better. As well as keeping our bodies fit and our minds sharp, sports can teach us several other things we can benefit from in our day to day lives.
- Being a team player.
Life is tough sometimes. Sometimes we have to work with people that we don’t know, don’t get along with or just down right don’t even like. Sports can help us to learn that we need to take in to consideration other peoples contributions and that every member of a team is just as valuable as the rest. Being a team player is just as relevant in a sports team as it is being an employee, an employer or just being part of a loving family.
- Not everyone is a winner.
Very few people who are successful right now started out that way. At some point in time everyone hits a road block of either not knowing what they are doing or not being good at what they are doing. Everyone has been there. This is one of the very first things that we learn as we grow from a helpless baby into a little person. To become talented you need to practice. You need to learn to walk before you can run, and to become successful, first you need to fail. If it was not for failure no one would ever learn how to do anything!
- Learning from others.
No matter how young we are or how old we get, we are never too old to stop learning. I think it is pretty safe to say that whether we recognise it or not, we are learning new things each and every day of our lives. One of the most valuable sources of knowledge that I think we have is each other. To learn something from someone, we don’t necessarily have to seek them out. We don’t have to be looking to learn something from them. We don’t even have to know or talk to them. By simply observing people doing what they do we can learn. Whether it is a complicated technique we learn like how to pole volt, or just a small thing like double knotting your laces so they don’t come undone. Every opportunity is an opportunity to learn. After all, we don’t know what we don’t know. Right?
For me positivity comes a little easier than it might for other people. I am naturally a glass half full kind of person. I don’t know if it is in my genes or it was the way that my parents raised me, but positivity is a really important part of life. Its like the story of the little engine, you know; “I—think—I—can, I—think—I—can.”
If you believe that you can do something, you have a much better chance of achieving it. You have one hundred percent better chance than someone who doesn’t think they can do it and therefore never even try.
Sports means working hard, practicing and working toward your goals. Even if you don’t quite achieve your goal, that’s ok too. In the end it is about the journey. The journey can be just as fulfilling and enjoyable as the destination itself.